Japan appoints its first ‘Minister for Loneliness’ after country’s suicide rate rises


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Japan has appointed its first Minister for Loneliness this month after the country's suicide rate increased for the first time in 11 years during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga added a minister of loneliness to his Cabinet earlier this month, following the example of the UK, which in 2018 became the first country to create a similar role.